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Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Minister gives possession letters, keys to 15 families

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21

Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai today handed over possession letters and keys of houses to 15 families at Maloya under the Affordable Rental Housing Scheme at a programme held on the premises of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB).

He congratulated all 1,700 beneficiaries of the scheme and asked them to maintain cleanliness and hygiene. He said two-room flats with kitchen space, bath and toilet and balcony would provide them dignified living.

The Minister appreciated the efforts of the UT Administration for providing houses to migrant labourers, street vendors, industrial workers and other poor persons. He also congratulated the UT Administration for being the first among all states/UTs, in the country to implement the scheme and also completing about 80 per cent target within such a short period.

He advised the Administration to ensure that all beneficiaries of the scheme are linked with other welfare schemes such as Ayushman Bharat, cooking gas pipeline and direct benefit transfer schemes. The Minister stated that the government was committed for the welfare of farmers, migrant labourers and women.

Manoj Parida, UT Adviser and CHB chairman, stated that Chandigarh had relocated about 1,700 families within a short period of two months. All allottees had been provided with water and electricity connections on the day of possession and most of them had started living in a good atmosphere. Mayor Raj Bala Malik and other senior officers of the UT Administration attended the function.

The UT Administration appointed the CHB as the nodal agency and concessionaire for the scheme. The initial monthly rent has been fixed as Rs3,000 with biennially enhancement by 8 per cent and the maximum rental period under the scheme is 25 years.

As many as 2,195 vacant small flats at Maloya were earmarked and it was decided to relocate occupants of pre-fab shelters in Sector 52 and 56 under the scheme. The CHB has allotted 1,703 flats to the families staying in pre-fab shelters. About 500 more families will be provided similar flats on affordable rent of Rs3,000 per month.

from The Tribune

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